Cork is the second largest city in Ireland – reason enough for many people to pay it a visit. But what can you actually do or experience there?

Cork harbour
Cork harbour (photo by Jamie OSullivan on Unsplash)


Today’s article will be concise and factual (hopefully), as it’s not about a travelogue, but pure information!

Would you like to visit the city of Cork and are wondering what you can actually do there?

I want to answer this very good question for you. Below you’ll find a whole series of tips – and links where you can find more information.

This is not a fully planned city tour, but rather an overview from which you can put together your own highlights for Cork according to your own interests.

We are focussing here on the city of Cork and the immediate surroundings of the city and not on County Cork, which is much larger.

So. let’s get started!

Cork-Cobh Cathedral
Cork-Cobh Cathedral (photo by Jason Murphy on Unsplash)

Sights, activities and tips for the city of Cork and the surrounding area

Cork places of interest

Explore the Shandon Bells & Tower St Anne’s Church, where you can ring the bells and enjoy a great view of Cork from the top of the tower. More info at

Explore Cork City Gaol, a historic prison that now serves as a museum and offers an insight into the lives of prisoners in the 19th century. Info at

Visit the Cork Butter Museum, which sheds light on the history of the Irish butter industry. More information at

Visit Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, an impressive 19th century neo-Gothic cathedral with beautiful stained glass windows. Find out more at

Discover Blackrock Castle Observatory, a castle with an astronomical observatory and interactive exhibitions about the universe. More info at

Explore the Fota Wildlife Park, a large zoo with free-roaming animals. Information at

Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, a museum that tells the story of the emigrants and the port of Cobh. More information at

Discover the Titanic Experience in Cobh, an interactive museum that tells the stories of the Titanic’s passengers. More details at

Visit Elizabeth Fort, a historic 17th century fortress with interesting exhibitions. Find out more at

Visit Blarney Castle, famous for the Blarney Stone, but also for its beautiful parklands. Further information at

Cork City
Cork City (photo: by Nathan Hurst on Unsplash)

Culture and music

Experience traditional Irish music in one of the many pubs in Cork, such as the Sin é Pub. More info at

Experience the magic of the Crawford Art Gallery, a cultural institute with a collection of Irish and European artworks. More details at

Visit the Glucksman Gallery, an art gallery specialising in modern and contemporary art. For more information visit

Visit the Cork Opera House, which offers opera, theatre, musicals and concerts. Find out more at

Enjoy a traditional Irish dance show at Triskel Arts Centre. More details at

Cork City at night
Cork City at night (photo by Yves Alarie on Unsplash)


Take a Cork Tasting Trail, a guided food tour through the city. More information at

Discover the English Market, a historic food market in the heart of Cork offering local specialities and fresh produce. Find out more at

Guided Tours

Take part in a guided cycle tour through Cork. Find out more at:

Experience a boat trip on the River Lee. More details at:

Discover the historic sites of Cork on a guided walking tour, see:, or

Take a guided tour of the Jameson Distillery in Midleton, more details at

Explore Cork’s venerable university with University College Cork Historic Tours, see:

UCC Cork
UCC Cork (photo by Omkar Kulkarni on Unsplash)

Other activities

Enjoy a stroll through Fitzgerald Park, a picturesque city park with a pond, sculptures and the Cork Public Museum, located right on the River Lee.

Take a boat trip to Spike Island, known as “Ireland’s Alcatraz”, with a storied history as a monastery, fortress and prison. More details at:

Take a city tour on an open-top double-decker bus, see:

Hire a bike and explore Cork on your own. See:, or:

Cobh (Cork)
Cobh (Cork) (photo by Kristel Hayes on Unsplash)


As you can see, Cork offers plenty of opportunities to discover the city.

I hope I’ve been able to inspire you a little and help you plan your trip. Now all that’s left for you to do is pick out a few highlights from my collection of information – and visit Cork!

With this in mind, I hope you have lots of fun in Cork and the surrounding area!

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Image credit cover picture: Cork City, photo by Nathan Hurst on Unsplash

Uli Written by:

Hello and welcome to my blog. Originating from Germany, my family and I now live in Ireland (at least part time). We have travelled this amazing isle many times and know many parts of it very well. In this blog, I would like to share valuabe tips and information for your next trip to Ireland with you. Enjoy the content, yours, Ulrich Knüppel-Gertberg